Book Talks

Book Talks 2021-2022

BookTalks are designed to give UM faculty with a humanities focus an opportunity to share their recently published books with the community.  Faculty generally present on their research and take questions from the audience.   

Under normal circumstances, Book Talks take place at Books & Books: 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fall semester Book Talks will take place online.  The link to join each Book Talk webinar will be posted below as they become available.  


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  • September: Hugh Thomas


    Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 8pm

    Hugh Thomas

    Professor, History
    University of Miami

    Power and Pleasure: Court Life Under King John, 1119-1216

     Although King John is remembered for his political and military failures, he also resided over a magnificent court. Power and Pleasure reconstructs life at the court of King John and explores how his court produced both pleasure and soft power.

    Much work exists on courts of the late medieval and early modern periods, but the jump in record keeping under John allows a detailed reconstruction of court life for an earlier period. Power and Pleasure: Court Life under King John, 1199-1216 examines the many facets of John's court, exploring hunting, feasting, castles, landscapes, material luxury, chivalry, sexual coercion, and religious activities. It explains how John mishandled his use of soft power, just as he failed to exploit his financial and military advantages, and why he received so little political benefit from his magnificent court. John's court is viewed in comparison to other courts of the time, and in previous and subsequent centuries.


    Hugh Thomas received his B.A. from Yale University in 1982 and stayed on there for his Ph.D., which he received in 1988. He specializes in the history of Medieval Europe and of England. His first book, Vassals, Crusaders, Heiresses, and Thugs: The Gentry of Angevin Yorkshire, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 1993, and his second, The English and the Normans: Ethnic Hostility, Assimilation and Identity after the Norman Conquest, 1066-c. 1220, by Oxford University Press in 2003. His third book, The Norman Conquest: England after William the Conqueror appeared in 2008, and is a textbook on the Norman Conquest and its impact. A fourth book, on the clergy in twelfth-century England, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.  He has also published a number of articles in various journals, including the English Historical Review, and is now working on a book on the social and cultural history of the court of King John, 1199-1216. He has received research fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, the National Humanities Center, Oxford University, and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton University. He has also received funding from the ACLS and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In fall, 2017 he had a Fulbright in the UK, where he was a visiting professor at King’s College, London. He has given numerous papers throughout the U.S. and abroad. Besides a variety of courses on the Middle Ages, Thomas teaches Western Civilization and a course on Religious War and Tolerance in the Western Religious Traditions.‌ Since fall, 2018, he has been director of The Center for the Humanities at UM.


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  • October: Robyn Walsh and Allison Schifani

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 8:00 PM

    Robyn Walsh

    Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
    University of Miami 

    The Origins of Early Christian Literature: Contextualizing the New Testament within Greco-Roman Literary Culture






    Robyn Walsh




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    Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 8:00 PM

    Christina LaneAllison Schifani

    Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
    University of Miami 

    Urban Ecology and Intervention in the 21st Century Americas: Verticality, Catastrophe, and the Mediated City  








    Allison Schifani 

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  • November: Lindsay Thomas

    Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 8:00 PM

    Lindsay Thomas

    Assistant Professor, English
    University of Miami 

    Training For Catastrophe:Fictions of National Security after 9/11





    Lindsay Thomas


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  • December: Steve Butterman

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 8:00 PM

    Steve Butterman

    Associate Professor, Modern Languages an Literatures
    University of Miami 

    Queering and Querying the Paradise of Paradox: LGBT Language, New Media, and Visual Cultures in Modern-Day Brazil

    Steve Butterman 






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  • January: Dominique Reill

    Wednesday, January 29, 2022 at 8:00 PM

    Dominique Reill



  • February: Nebil Husayn

    Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 8:00 PM

    Nebil Husayn


  • March: Kathryn Freeman

    Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 8:00 PM

    Kathryn Freeman










  • May: Catherine Judd

    Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 8:00 PM

    Catherine Judd